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SummerFest 2024

About 208,135 people will attend SummerFest 2024 in Milwaukee.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Summerfest 2024

Summerfest 2024 is the world’s largest music festival that transforms Milwaukee's lakefront into a sprawling celebration of sounds, tastes, and vibrant festival culture. This year, the festival promises an electrifying atmosphere over three action-packed weekends, with our focus zooming in on the unmissable second weekend from June 27-29. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of this unforgettable event. Grab your shades and festival gear; we're diving deep into the heart of Summerfest's offerings.

Venue: American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Summerfest, a tradition since 1968, is a celebration of music, culture, and community. It is held during the summer months of June and July at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, a venue known for its stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan. With a seating capacity of 23,000, the amphitheater offers an intimate yet electrifying atmosphere for live music.

The Unbeatable Lineup

The festival features a diverse line-up of artists from various genres, ensuring there's something for everyone. In addition to the main stage at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, there are also performances at smaller stages like the BMO Pavilion, offering a more intimate experience. Visit the website for the full lineup.

Schedule & Lineup

June 27 & 28

The second weekend of Summerfest 2024 heats up with an eclectic mix of artists across multiple stages. Highlights include Illenium and Tyler Childers, both headlining the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on June 27 and 28, respectively.

June 29

Keith Urban takes the same stage on June 29, with supporting acts NEEDTOBREATHE and Alana Springsteen. From the soulful blues of Cedric Burnside to the electrifying beats of Alison Wonderland, each day offers a diverse musical journey. Indie fans will revel in performances by Sleater-Kinney and The Dandy Warhols, while rock enthusiasts can look forward to REO Speedwagon and The Church.

With stages like the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Generac Power Stage, and BMO Pavilion showcasing talents from early afternoon to late night, there's never a dull moment. Don't forget to occasionally check the Summerfest site for upcoming updates.

Foods and Beverages

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure that goes beyond typical festival fare. Summerfest prides itself on its diverse food lineup, featuring everything from local delights to international flavors. The commitment to local vendors means you'll be savoring some of the best food Milwaukee has to offer, all while enjoying the lakeside scenery.

Milwaukee is a city known for its rich brewing history, so don't miss out on the local beers and delicious food available at the festival.

Dress Code: Festival Ready

Summerfest is an outdoor festival, so dress for comfort and the weather. Think breathable fabrics, comfortable shoes for all the walking and dancing you'll be doing, and, of course, your best festival attire to soak in the sun and tunes. Don't forget your sunglasses and a hat to protect against the summer sun!

Summerfest Activities & Beyond

Beyond the music, Summerfest also offers interactive exhibits, shopping, and fireworks. Summerfest is more than just concerts; it's an immersive experience. The festival grounds buzz with energy, from the high-octane Generac Power Stage to the relaxed vibes of the UScellular Connection Stage.

Take a ride on the Skyglider for breathtaking views of the festival and downtown Milwaukee, or challenge your friends to interactive games at the Gruber Law Offices SportsZone. And with the festival located in downtown Milwaukee, you're just steps away from exploring the city's museums, parks, and historic neighborhoods.

Travel Tip: To avoid the crowds, consider attending the festival on a weekday.

Getting There and Away

Navigating to and from Summerfest is a breeze, with ample parking and public transportation options. Use the festival's shuttle services or local public transit if you want to avoid parking hassles and make the most of your festival experience.

Bag Policy: Pack Smart

Summerfest has a strict bag policy to ensure everyone's safety. Backpacks are a no-go, but you can bring a small bag or purse. Just remember, all bags are subject to inspection, so pack only what you need and leave the rest at home to breeze through security.

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at Summerfest 2024

Worried about where to store your belongings during the festival? Bounce, the largest luggage storage platform, has got you covered. With over 10,000 short-term storage facilities worldwide, Bounce offers a simple, affordable, and secure solution for your storage needs.

Travel Light with Bounce

Bounce partners with local businesses in Milwaukee, turning them into convenient luggage storage spots. This means you can drop off your bags at a nearby café, hotel, or souvenir shop, and enjoy the festival worry-free. Plus, every item stored through Bounce comes with $10,000 in BounceShield™ Protection, ensuring your belongings are safe.

With Bounce, you can make the most of your Summerfest experience. No more lugging around heavy bags or worrying about their safety. Just pure, unadulterated enjoyment of live music and the vibrant atmosphere of Summerfest 2024.

Travel Tip: Download the Bounce app for easy access to storage locations and 24/7 customer support.

Things to Do in Milwaukee

When you're in Milwaukee for Summerfest, take some time to explore the city's sights and landmarks! Milwaukee is packed with charm, history, and some pretty cool spots that you won’t want to miss. Here’s a quick rundown of my must-see attractions to add a little extra adventure to your trip:

  • Milwaukee Art Museum: It's not just the art inside that dazzles; the building's architecture is a masterpiece in itself. With wings that open and close, it’s like visiting a giant bird right on the lakefront.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum: Whether you're a biker or not, this place rocks with its in-depth look at American motorcycle culture. Plus, the bikes are just cool to look at.
  • Historic Third Ward: Think cobblestone streets, boutique shops, art galleries, and food to die for. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll and a bit of window shopping.
  • Milwaukee Public Market: Foodies, rejoice! This spot is a paradise of local produce, artisanal goods, and mouth-watering eats. Grab something to go and enjoy it by the riverside.
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes): These three futuristic domes are an oasis of exotic plants from different climates. It’s like taking a world tour without leaving Milwaukee.
  • Lakefront Brewery: Milwaukee loves its beer, and a tour of Lakefront Brewery is a fun way to learn why. The tours are hilarious, and the beer tasting is even better.
  • Bronze Fonz: Snap a selfie with the coolest statue in town, the Bronze Fonz, on the Milwaukee Riverwalk. Ayyy!

Milwaukee’s mix of modern attractions and historic charm means there’s always something new to discover, even for the seasoned traveler. So, between the music sets, dive into the city and see what makes Milwaukee, well, Milwaukee!

See you in Milwaukee?

Summerfest 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience. With live music, delicious food, and the vibrant atmosphere of Milwaukee, it's an event not to be missed. And with Bounce, you can enjoy it all without the hassle of lugging around your belongings. So pack your bags, secure your tickets, and we'll see you in Milwaukee.

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All you need to know

  • Is Summerfest the biggest music festival in the world?

    No, Summerfest is not the biggest music festival in the world in terms of attendance. However, it is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest music festival based on its capacity to host hundreds of acts over about an 11-day period (spread over three weekends) and its extensive array of performances across various stages. Summerfest typically hosts approximately 800,000 to 900,000 attendees each year. The title of the biggest music festival in the world in terms of attendance often goes to festivals like Donauinselfest in Vienna, which can attract around 3 million visitors, or the Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, which has also seen attendance figures in the millions. However, these festivals may offer a different format or duration compared to Summerfest.

  • What time does Summerfest Milwaukee open?

    Summerfest Milwaukee opens at noon each day during the festival dates. The festival is scheduled to run over three consecutive weekends (Thursday through Saturday) from June 20-22, June 27-29, and July 4-6, 2024, operating from noon to midnight. So, you can start enjoying the music, food, and fun activities from midday until midnight each festival day.

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